57 days in Europe, Asia & Caribbean Itinerary

57 days in Europe, Asia & Caribbean Itinerary

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Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Hannover
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Hannover, Germany
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Weimar, Germany
— 3 nights
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Leipzig, Germany
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Dresden, Germany
— 6 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 5 nights
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Kharkiv, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Bus to Belgorod, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
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Kitakyushu, Japan
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Kumamoto, Japan
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Fukuoka, Japan
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Takamatsu, Japan
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Nara, Japan
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Narita, Japan
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Drive to Narita International Airport, Fly to José Martí International Airport, Drive to Las Terrazas
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Las Terrazas, Cuba
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Drive to José Martí International Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport
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Hannover, Germany

City of Fairs

Hannover, northern Germany's major urban center, may be best known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs.
Step out of the city life by going to Otterzentrum Hankensbuttel and Liebesbank Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hannover: WeltWald Harz (in Bad Grund), Luchs-Schaugehege Rabenklippe (in Bad Harzburg) and OTTER-ZENTRUM (in Hankensbuettel). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kloster Wienhausen.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hannover road trip website.

Lausanne, Switzerland to Hannover is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Hannover are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Weimar.

Things to do in Hannover

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

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Weimar, Germany

Home to Poets and Philosophers

Weimar more than makes up for its relatively small size with a wealth of historical, cultural, and architectural attractions.
Schillers Wohnhaus and Goethes Gartenhaus will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Goethe National Museum and Museum fur Ur- und Fruhgeschichte Thuringens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Weimar: Alternativer Barenpark Worbis (in Worbis), Marienglashoehle Friedrichroda (in Friedrichroda) and Barbarossahohle (in Rottleben). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Greifenwarte Falknerei am Rennsteig and take in the dramatic natural features at Metilstein.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Weimar road trip planner.

You can drive from Hannover to Weimar in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and car; or take a train. November in Weimar sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Leipzig.

Things to do in Weimar

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:

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Leipzig, Germany

Little Paris

Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): head outdoors with Cospudener See, get outside with Leipziger Auenwald, then explore the world behind art at Museum der Bildenden Kunste, and finally examine the collection at Grassi Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche), then see the interesting displays at Bach Museum, then get outside with Markkleeberger See, and finally step into the grandiose world of Colditz Castle.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Leipzig trip builder tool.

Getting from Weimar to Leipzig by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Leipzig are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Leipzig

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

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Dresden, Germany

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
The Dresden Zwinger and Canaletto Blick will appeal to history buffs. Frauenkirche Dresden and Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Albertinum, browse the exhibits of Royal Palace (Residenzschloss), learn about all things military at Armoury / Rustkammer, and examine the collection at Museum fur Sachsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dresden trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Leipzig to Dresden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 14:

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Moscow, Russia

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Visiting Lavra Trail and Golosov Ravine will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Red Square and State Tretyakov Gallery. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin, see the interesting displays at Bulgakov's House Museum-Theater, pause for some serene contemplation at Uspensky Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Dresden to Moscow by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Dresden to Moscow, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Moscow is a bit cooler than Dresden - with highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kharkiv.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 19:

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Kharkiv, Ukraine

Kharkiv hosts numerous Soviet monuments from its stint as the capital in the 1920s and is considered the industrial and educational heart of Ukraine.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to YermilovCentre of Modern Art, identify plant and animal life at Kharkov Dolphinarium, then get outside with Sarzhin Yar, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Coffee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Ilya Repin Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Three Saints Church, then get curious at Software and Computer Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Marine Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kharkiv trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Moscow to Kharkiv. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in November: highs in Kharkiv hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kharkiv

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:

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Hiroshima, Japan

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Visiting Miyajima and Misen Wild Woods will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Itsukushima Shrine) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kharkiv to Hiroshima in 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Kharkiv to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Kharkiv, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:

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Kitakyushu, Japan

An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Sugao Waterfall, explore the striking landscape at Hiraodai, then identify plant and animal life at Kawachi Reservoir, and finally learn more about the world around you at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kitakyushu vacation planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kitakyushu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:

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Kumamoto, Japan

Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Kinpozan Ichinotake, then explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kumamoto tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kitakyushu to Kumamoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kitakyushu in November, Kumamoto is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:

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Fukuoka, Japan

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Tenpaizan, admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then explore the historical opulence of Onojo - Chikuzenkoku, and finally admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. On the next day, get outside with Miyajihama Beach, then kick back and relax at Fukuma Beach, then hike along Aburayama Shimin no Mori, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakatamachiya Furusatokan.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip planner.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — 29:

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Takamatsu, Japan

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, then take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, and then go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Iino-yama, then steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zentsu-ji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Kyu Zentsujikaikosya.

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Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Takamatsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Fukuoka in November, you will find days in Takamatsu are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

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Nara, Japan

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 2nd (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River, delve into the lush surroundings at Kasugayama, then walk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Waplus Nara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Todaiji Keidaicho.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nara holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Nara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nara are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Narita.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

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Narita, Japan

Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): tee off at Taiheiyo Club Narita Course, take in the spiritual surroundings of Makata Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando, then don't miss a visit to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Three-storied Pagoda.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Narita sightseeing app.

You can fly from Nara to Narita in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nara in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Narita. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Las Terrazas.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

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Las Terrazas, Cuba

On the 5th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Las Terrazas Complex.

Plan trip to Las Terrazas with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Narita to Las Terrazas. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 14 hours traveling from Narita to Las Terrazas. In December, Las Terrazas is warmer than Narita - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Las Terrazas

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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London, United Kingdom

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Appreciate the collections at The British Museum and Natural History Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: The Hawking Centre (in Doddington), Bourton-on-the-Water (Living Green Centre, Greystones Farm, &more) and The Big Cat Sanctuary (in Smarden). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our London trip maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Las Terrazas to London. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Las Terrazas to London due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Las Terrazas in December; daily highs in London reach 11°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Dec 6 — 26:

Lower Saxony travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Zoos
A land with a strong sense of tradition, Lower Saxony is the country's second largest state by area. It was created in 1946 out of a patchwork of bustling urban districts and quiet rural retreats. Most of its current territory once thrived as an independent kingdom. It was inhabited from about 1000 CE by Old Saxons (hence the name). Named somewhat confusingly, the area actually lies to the north of "Upper" Saxony. Lower Saxony boasts its own distinct character, complete with age-old culinary traditions, folk festivals, unusual local sports, and colorful ethnic costumes. Most of the region's major cities and economic hubs are in the urbanized central and southern sections, where much of the local tourism industry concentrates. The less-developed northeast remains the largest uncultivated area in the country. Large tracts of land designated as nature preserves are great for sightseeing tours of the outdoors. Don't miss a chance to vacation in the so-called Old Country: this bucolic land just south of the Elba River is noted for being one of the country’s largest fruit-farming districts.

Thuringia travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Thuringia is a predominantly mountainous and forested region of Germany. Ancient towns and castles that stubbornly refuse to succumb to the ravages of time dot the countryside. Though it remains one of the lesser-known vacation spots among German provinces, Thuringia enjoys a good reputation among domestic visitors. The area attracts travelers with a wide selection of national parks, ski resorts, and an extensive network of hiking trails. Thuringia boasts a proud heritage of athletic achievement; its athletes have won more than half of Germany's Winter Olympic gold medals in the last 20 years. The land is more than just a holiday haven for sports enthusiasts. The region has served as both a home and a source of inspiration for artists such as Bach, Goethe, and Schiller.

Saxony travel guide

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Churches · Landmarks · Art Museums
Saxony features a long history of independence as a separate kingdom. It is a fascinating mix of medieval castles, cobbled town squares, Gothic churches, lavish palaces, and old-fashioned steam trains. The people who live here have a strong sense of distinctness from other Germans. This mainly stems from the region's history of independence and its large population of ethnic Sorbs (a Slavic people). But the residents are as friendly and warm as they are proud of their cultural and natural riches. Saxony is home to several high-profile cities full of things to do. It also contains a sprawling countryside dotted by neat vineyards, sun-drenched parks, rugged sandstone cliffs, lush meadows, and picturesque hillside villages. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, the area outside Saxony's urban centers remains one of the least-explored regions of the country. Venture deep into this multifaceted land to soak up the local culture. You'll be able to enjoy sightseeing at the various cultural and natural attractions unhindered by large tourist crowds.

Kharkiv Oblast travel guide

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Parks · Fountains · Landmarks
Home to Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv Oblast offers a variety of cultural and historical attractions. The legacy of Soviet control on the region is still palpable, most obviously in the large communist blocks that dominate its cities. Although often underwhelming from the outside, the theatres, concert halls, and museums that make up the bulk of the area's tourist destinations are renowned. Away from the urban centers, green rolling hills provide pleasant spots for hiking and biking.

Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · History Museums · Islands
Hiroshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima. It has a population of around 2.8 million.HistoryThe area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide.GeographyHiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chūgoku. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea. The prefecture also includes many small islands.

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Fukuoka Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Shopping Malls · Landmarks
Fukuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Fukuoka.HistoryFukuoka Prefecture includes the former provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen.Shrines and templesKōra taisha, Sumiyoshi-jinja, and Hakosagi-gū are the chief Shinto shrines in the prefecture.GeographyFukuoka Prefecture faces the sea on three sides, bordering Saga, Ōita, and Kumamoto prefectures and facing Yamaguchi Prefecture across the Kanmon Straits.As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the land area of the prefecture was designated as natural parks: Setonaikai National Park, Genkai, Kitakyūshū, and Yaba-Hita-Hikosan quasi-national parks, and Chikugogawa, Chikuhō, Dazaifu, Sefuri Raizan, and Yabegawa Prefectural Natural Parks.

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Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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Kagawa Prefecture travel guide

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Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Scenic Walking Areas
Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest prefecture of Japan (by area). It is located on Shikoku island and the capital is Takamatsu.HistoryKagawa was formerly known as Sanuki Province.For a brief period between August 1876 and December 1888, Kagawa was made a part of Ehime Prefecture.Battle of YashimaLocated in Kagawa's capital city, Takamatsu, the mountain of Yashima was the battlefield for one of the best-known struggles between the Heike and the Genji clans.GeographyKagawa comprises the northeast corner of Shikoku, bordering Ehime Prefecture on the west and Tokushima Prefecture on the south, with a coastline on the Seto Inland Sea facing Okayama Prefecture and the Kansai. The Sanuki Mountains run along the southern border.Kagawa is currently the smallest prefecture, by area, in Japan. Osaka Prefecture held that title until Kansai International Airport was reclaimed from the ocean in the early 1990s, pushing its land area slightly above Kagawa's. Kagawa is a relatively narrow prefecture located between the mountains of Shikoku and the sea.

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Nara Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Wildlife Areas
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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Chiba Prefecture travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Historic Sites · Parks
Chiba Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region and the Greater Tokyo Area. The sixth most populous prefecture, and 27th largest by land area, Chiba is on the east coast of Honshu and largely consists of the Bōsō Peninsula, which encloses the eastern side of Tokyo Bay. Its capital is Chiba City.EtymologyThe name of Chiba Prefecture in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "thousand" and the second, means "leaves". The name first appears as an ancient kuni no miyatsuko, or regional command office, as the Chiba Kuni no Miyatsuko. The name was adopted by a branch of the Taira clan, which moved to the area in present-day Chiba City in the late Heian period. The branch of the Taira adopted the name and became the Chiba clan, and held strong influence over the area of the prefecture until the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The name "Chiba" was chosen for the prefecture at the time its creation in 1873 by the, an early Meiji-period body of prefectural governors that met to decide the structure of local and regional administration in Japan.The compound word, which refers to the Tokyo-Chiba region, is formed from the second character in Tokyo, and the second character in Chiba, which can also be pronounced “kei” and “yō” respectively. This compound is used in terms such as the Keiyō Line, Keiyō Road, Keiyō Rinkai Railway Rinkai Main Line, and the Keiyō Industrial Zone.

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Artemisa Province travel guide

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Gardens · National Parks · Wildlife Areas
Artemisa Province is one of the two new provinces created from the former La Habana Province, whose creation was approved by the Cuban National Assembly on August 1, 2010, the other being Mayabeque Province. The new provinces were enforced on January 1, 2011.OverviewArtemisa was the largest city and municipality of the former La Habana Province. The newly formed province combined the eight western municipalities of La Habana Province and three eastern municipalities of neighbor province Pinar del Río (Bahía Honda, Candelaria and San Cristóbal). The capital and largest city is Artemisa (47,000 pop. in 2015).The new province is only larger than Havana city and Mayabeque, but with more population than four other Cuban provinces. It is the most densely populated, after Havana city and Santiago de Cuba.The economy of the Artemisa province is based mainly on agriculture (fruits, potatoes, rice, vegetables, sugar cane) and industry of building materials (two cement factories), food processing industry and power plants. It contains the important port of Mariel in the northern coast. The province is also important in the military sector with the main Cuban Air Force base (San Antonio de los Baños) the Western base of the Cuban Navy (Cabañas Bay) and the Military Academy (College) "Antonio Maceo" in Caimito.

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